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Arts & Entertainment

  • An everyday hero

    TheatreKappillan ta’ MaltaFort St Elmo The staging of historical fiction and its adaptation into a play script is not an easy task, especially when presenting it to an audience which is more than a little familiar with the setting and half of...

  • Fans will ‘go Gaga’ over jazz album

    Fans will ‘go Gaga’ over jazz album

    Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called Cheek To Cheek, to be released in the autumn. “You know, it’s...

  • Mitch Winehouse to release album

    Mitch Winehouse, the father of late singer Amy, is to release another album which will raise money for the charity set up in his daughter’s memory. Mitch − who released an album in 2011 in the months prior to her death − said she had helped to...

  • The Rock is Hercules

    The Rock is Hercules

    Hercules (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 98 minutesDirected by: Brett RatnerStarring: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie, Rebecca Ferguson, Joseph Fiennes, Steve Peacocke, Peter...

  • One night of lawful anarchy

    One night of lawful anarchy

    The Purge: Anarchy (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 103 minutesDirected by: James DeMonacoStarring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Michael K. Williams, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel Gugliemi,...

  • Stars flock to Comic-Con

    Stars flock to Comic-Con

    Marvel superheroes of all kinds from Iron Man to Ant-Man took over Comic-Con this weekend, as leading actors revealed surprises to films that will showcase the characters. Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated sequel to 2012’s superhero...

  • Lucy and Hercules beat box office expectations

    Lucy and Hercules beat box office expectations

    Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win the domestic box office race, outmuscling Hercules which took in $29 million for the second place. Both new films exceeded expectations, pumping...

  • Cheryl Cole tops UK singles chart

    English singer-songwriter Cheryl Cole took the top spot in Britain’s singles chart with Crazy Stupid Love, notching up her fourth solo number one track, the Official Charts Company said. The single, which features rapper Tinie Tempah, is taken...

  • Venice film festival kicks off with black comedy

    Venice film festival kicks off with black comedy

    Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu opens this year’s Venice film festival with the premier of Birdman, a black comedy that heads a 55-strong selection leaning heavily towards war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said. As well as...

  • Cumberbatch makes Comic-Con debut

    Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich each made their Comic-Con debuts − as themselves and as their first animated characters. The two actors were in San Diego to offer an early look at DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins Of Madagascar, a sequel to...

  • The world of Toulouse-Lautrec

    The world of Toulouse-Lautrec

    The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest is celebrating Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec’s distinctive art with a staged exhibition that boasts the artist’s stylistic traits. High-profile exhibitions are increasingly becoming a benchmark of prestige for...

  • Celebrating Wirth-Cavarra

    Celebrating Wirth-Cavarra

    Mariz Cassar, the daughter of artist duo Lewis Wirth (1923-2010) and Helen Cavarra, is organising a retrospective exhibition in celebration of her parents’ art. Both artists contributed to the cult of beauty, to a classical ideal through...

  • Maltese projects at Venice architecture biennale

    Maltese projects at Venice architecture biennale

    As Architecture Project’s participation in the Venice Biennale looks at its recent past successes, CEO Tom Van Malderen tells David Schembri that the future looks “interesting”. The clue is in the name. In choosing theirs, architecture firm...

  • Cruelty and injustice in a great tragedy

    Cruelty and injustice in a great tragedy

    Past productions in Malta by the Globe Theatre (London)’s touring company have shown this company’s determination to remind audiences that it strongly stands in the old tradition of touring companies, and that it uses a production style that is...

  • Evenings on Campus returns

    This year’s edition of Evenings on Campus includes an eclectic schedule of film, music, drama, an event for children, another edition of Café Scientifique and stand-up comedy. The programme of events is as follows: Next Sunday At 9pm on the...

  • Time for more porn

    Time for more porn

    Malta’s sell-out, award-winning musical porn will return to its roots for another bout of laughter in August. Jo Caruana chats to scriptwriter Malcolm Galea to catch up on all the news from this local success story. A few years back, it would have...

  • Stand-up comedy in Valletta

    Stand-up comedy in Valletta

    Ever fancied giving stand-up comedy a try? Now is your chance, with The Chicken Coop back. Inspired by the London circuit clubs, The Chicken Coop is a monthly event featuring local comedian Steve Hili. “Local stand-up comedy has really only picked...

  • All things brutal and death metal

    All things brutal and death metal

    Flush from their blinding set at the Xtreme Metal Assault festival held two weeks ago, local death metal four-piece Repugnance are on a roll. Recently signed with a label, playing overseas jaunts and garnering fans further than they’ve ever...

  • A night of music to remember

    A night of music to remember

    Joseph Calleja and a host of other top musicians, including the well-loved Italian crooner Claudio Baglioni and UK X-Factor winner Leona Lewis, wowed a packed venue last week.

  • Creating a positive virus

    Creating a positive virus

    Culture is not just about the arts. It is the way we dress, the music we play and what we hang out of our shops. And according to Airan Berg, artistic coordinator at Lecce and Brindisi 2019, the job of a cultural capital is to spread the vibe. “We...

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